Fourteen years ago, at Southwood Middle School, a student bent on a serial killer future stabbed 14-year old Jaime Gough to death. The killer had a hit-list of other students. Among them was Andre Martin, who likely survived only because he forgot to meet Jaime that fateful day. The killer was caught and is currently in jail serving a life sentence.
Fast forward to today, where Martin, inspired by the event, became a Miami-Dade Police Officer in 2017. “That day was definitely life-altering,” Martin said. “My goal ever since that day was to take a phenomenally tragic event and turn it into something positive. So, in my particular case, I did that by becoming an officer.”
The Goughs, school and Palmetto Bay officials, and about 50 others gathered on September 20th to unveil a street sign in his honor.
A portion of SW 164th Street in Palmetto Bay is now known as Jaime Gough Way. “Even though my son is not here, you don’t have any idea how much this means to my family, especially me,” said mother Maria Gough.